No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) is a bystander intervention program created by women for women and the men who care about them. It was established to educate communities about sexual assault and to create a culture that does not wait for someone else to take action. In addition to serving as a public awareness campaign this program includes, curriculum based educational initiatives for college students as well as functioning NWLB chapters located on campuses throughout the country.
Adedoyin Abe is a mechanical engineering senior from Lagos, Nigeria. Abe enjoys sand volleyball, jigsaw puzzles, tea and trying new food. Growing up with four sisters, she developed a passion for female empowerment and achievement. Her goal as a second-year intern with No Woman Left Behind is to increase awareness about sexual harassment, abuse and violence, as well as bystander intervention. Adedoyin hopes to promote healthy relationships and friendships through programs in residence halls.
Sarah Lowe is a sophomore from Rogersville, Mo., majoring in history and international studies with a minor in Spanish. She loves to read, knit and try new food. Lowe believes every person should be an advocate for victims of sexual abuse. She feels it is important to facilitate healthy relationships and that women deserve to feel safe and empowered. She looks forward to connecting with residents, growing as a leader and a student and spreading awareness about the issue of sexual assault.
The idea for No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) came from students at Sacramento State University in the summer of 2007 after reading about the De Anza college rape case. Several members of the De Anza college baseball team allegedly assaulted a young girl at a party. No one at the party of over 50 people offered to help until three women from the De Anza soccer team intervened, fought off the players, and brought the girl to the hospital for treatment. Later, one woman at the party told a reporter that she saw ten people cheering baseball players who were engaging in sex with the girl. She did not interfere because “I didn’t think of it as a rape situation.”
No Woman Left Behind was inspired by Lauren Bryeans, April Grolle and Lauren Chief Elk, members of the women’s soccer team at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. We would also like to acknowledge the survivor of the sexual assault. Her courage is truly inspiring. Her strength, as well as the strength of all sexual assault survivors is remarkable.
In the spring of 2010 One Student (formerly Unite for Change) became the official headquarters for the No Woman Left Behind Campaign. One Student is privileged to be able to give this incredible campaign a home within our organization and honored to have the opportunity to continue to spread the message of courage and sisterhood that was inspired by four young women.